Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft have teamed up to develop thecloud infrastructure in a three-year relationship which is being supported by a$250m investment.
The two vendors aim to develop solutions that will be based aroundthe cloud with the ultimate aim being to simplify the process for customers andsell via the channel a range of hosted applications.
Standing firmly behind the effort the CEOs at HP andMicrosoft talked of the need to open up the cloud to customers that want thebenefits of hosted applications.
“This collaboration with allow HP and Microsoft to offer outcustomers transformative technology that will reduce costs, generate business growthand accelerate innovation,” said Mark Hurd, HP chairman and CEO.
Channel partners of both vendors will get access to thefruits of the deal backed by financing from the vendors as well as the promiseof dedicated field resources and extensive partner training.
Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, said that its partnershipwas not just aimed at producing solutions for the enterprise market but alsothe SME space.
“Thisagreement, which spans hardware, software and services, will enable businesscustomers to optimize performance with push-button simplicity at thelowest-possible total cost of ownership,” he said.